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Tuesday, March 06, 2012

 
Today's dispatch from Gilead

by digby

The LA Times catches up with a Doctor who tried to replace Dr Tiller in Kansas. It's not pretty:

Posters circulated with her picture on one side scrawled with the words "child abuser"; the other side urged protesters to "reach out" to her at her home and office.

A letter arrived from an antiabortion activist who befriended Scott Roeder, the man convicted of killing Tiller, after he went to prison. That letter, now in federal hands, warned Means to check under her yellow Mini Cooper for explosives before turning the key.

"I anticipated the normal protest, but I didn't anticipate the intensity of those in the movement to keep Wichita abortion-free. They saw Dr. Tiller's murder as a victory," Means said.

Roeder has said killing Tiller was justified to protect unborn babies.

Cheryl Sullenger of the antiabortion group Operation Rescue denied finding triumph in Tiller's death but acknowledged starting the protest against Means. "The people of Wichita don't want abortion in our community," she said.

The pressure on Means was unrelenting. Her business manager quit, patients fled. A feminist group offered her a bulletproof vest. Law enforcement officials briefed her staff on how to spot a bomb.

Her landlord slapped her with a nuisance lawsuit, saying the protests disrupted other tenants. When Means tried to find another office, she said, no one would rent to her. She stayed put, settling the lawsuit with a promise not to perform abortions at that location, all the while quietly working toward creating a nonprofit organization so she could buy her own building.


Nice little constitutional right you have there. Be a shame if anything happened to it. Nice little life you have there. Be a shame if you lost it.

Meanwhile, Kansas government has gone all in:

In spring 2011, some of the most sweeping antiabortion measures in the nation became Kansas law, including the defunding of Planned Parenthood and the imposition of building specifications and medical equipment requirements — both of which Means said would put abortion providers out of business. Both laws were stayed pending court challenges.

Now, with abortion-related laws being debated in several states, eyes again turn to Kansas. In February, Kansas lawmakers introduced new antiabortion measures that Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has promised to sign, including a bill to stop tax deductions for abortion-related expenses. Other provisions would require that patients hear the fetal heartbeat and shield doctors against lawsuits if they do not inform patients of problems in pregnancies.


That last is nearly unbelievable to me. They are telling doctors basically that it's ok to lie to their patients about risky pregnancies. Indeed, it's preferable.

They truly want women to die and for babies with incurable congenital diseases to suffer. My God these people are cruel.

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